SKU 753442

O. Fournier Syrah Cabernet Uco Valley 2006

O. Fournier - Cuyo - Argentina - Mendoza - Uco Valley

Professional Wine Reviews for O. Fournier Syrah Cabernet Uco Valley 2006

Rated 92 by Wine Spectator
This rich red mixes juicy black cherry, blackberry and spicy plum notes with fine-tuned layers of mesquite, game and mocha notes. Well-built, displaying fine tannins and a long, minerally finish. Drink now through 2016. 200 cases imported.
Rated 92 by Robert Parker
The O. Fournier 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon (50%)-Syrah (50%) spent 20 months in new French and American oak before bottling without fining or filtration. It is deep purple in color with legs that coat the glass while displaying an enticing nose... read more... Additional information »
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92 Wine Spectator
92 Robert Parker
90 Stephen Tanzer

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Winery: O. Fournier

Region: Cuyo

The region of Cuyo has been internationally associated with fine Argentinian wine for several decades, and has a wine history which stretches back centuries to the time of the original Spanish settlers, who sought areas in which to plant imported grape vines for sacramental wine production. The region contains several of Argentina's most renowned and widely appreciated provinces, including the Mendoza, La Rioja, San Juan and San Luis, and the mountainous nature of this arid region provides an ideal environment for vineyard cultivation. As the mighty Desaguadero River snakes its way between the Andes, it deposits plenty of important minerals in the soil, which allow grape varietals closely associated with the Argentinian wine industry – such as Malbec – to grow to a perfect level of ripeness. As such, even in the driest areas of the Cuyo region, flavorful and fruit-forward wines are produced in impressive amounts.

Country: Argentina

It is said that the first Argentinian vines were planted in the Mendoza more than four hundred years ago by European settlers, and despite these early wines being used primarily for religious purposes, the fervor for wine making never left the area. Today, Argentina is keen to demonstrate its technological prowess when it comes to vineyard cultivation, by combining traditional methods of irrigation left over from the Huarpes Indians with modern techniques in order to make the dry, arid desert an ideal environment for growing grapes. Indeed, these ancient irrigation channels, dug hundreds of years ago and still in use today, bring mineral-rich melt water from the Andes via the Mendoza river, something which gives the grapes grown in this region some of their character. The primary grape of this and other regions of Argentina is the Malbec, which is highly susceptible to rot in its native France, but which thrives in the dry and hot climate of South America, producing rich and plummy wines which are highly drinkable especially when young.